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New this week: Luke Bryan, Jeff Foxworthy and 2 Seth Rogens

Aug. 3, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES —“American Pickle”: Seth Rogen plays dual roles in this film about a man from the 1920s who falls into a vat...

In this combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Aug. 9-15, Juanes, from left, arrives at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala in his honor on Nov. 13, 2019, in Las Vegas, Justin Theroux attends the launch of New Tiffany and Co. Men's Collection on Oct. 11, 2019, in Los Angeles, Viola Davis attends the Disney ABC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Aug. 6, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Viola Davis attends the Disney ABC Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour on Aug. 6, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif., Cara Delevingne attends the STX Films The State of the Industry: Past, Present and Future presentation during CinemaCon on March 28, 2017, in Las Vegas, Sebastian Stan attends the

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 9-15

Aug. 3, 2020 10:13 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 9-15. Aug. 9: Actor Cynthia Harris (“Mad About You,” “L.A. Law”) is 86. Jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette is 78. Comedian David Steinberg is 78. Actor Sam Elliott is 76. Singer Barbara Mason is 73. Actor Melanie Griffith is 63. Actor Amanda Bearse...

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Lucky No.7: Taylor Swift nabs 7th No.1 album with 'folklore'

Aug. 3, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — To no one's surprise, Taylor Swift's surprise album “folklore" is dominating the music charts. Swift's eighth album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's 200 albums chart this week, marking the best first-week sales of the year and giving the pop star her seventh No. 1 title on the chart....

Hall-of-Fame country DJ Bill Mack dies of COVID-19 at age 88

Jul. 31, 2020 4:49 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Longtime country music disc jockey Bill Mack, whose “Blue” became a hit for LeAnn Rimes and won a 1996 Grammy Award for Country Music Song of the Year, died Friday at age 88, his son said. In a Facebook message, Mack’s son Billy Mack Smith said his father died...

FILE - Garth Brooks accepts the award for entertainer of the year at the 53rd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 13, 2019. Brooks says he is pulling himself out of nominations for the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award, saying it's time for someone else to win the top prize. Brooks, who won the top prize last November, said during an online press conference on Wednesday that he doesn't want to be nominated in any upcoming years as well.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

Garth Brooks doesn't want to win CMA entertainer award again

Jul. 29, 2020 1:17 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Country superstar Garth Brooks says he is pulling himself out of nominations for the Country Music Association's entertainer of the year award, saying it's time for someone else to win the top prize. Brooks, who won the top prize in November, said during an online press conference...

Burt Bacharach attends the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival Honors in Newport Beach, Calif. on April 23, 2016, left, and Daniel Tashian arrives at the 52nd annual CMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn. on Nov. 14, 2018. The pair collaborated on a five-song EP titled “Blue Umbrella,” out on Friday. (AP Photo)

New collaboration has Burt Bacharach still working at 92

Jul. 29, 2020 12:22 PM EDT

Burt Bacharach has been working on an ending. Not that he's ready to call it quits on a career that began in the 1950s. Instead, the acclaimed composer is enjoying a burst of creativity at age 92, thanks to his new collaboration with Nashville singer-songwriter Daniel Tashian. On Friday they'll release a...

FILE - Shakira, left, and Jennifer Lopez perform during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers in Miami Gardens, Fla. on  Feb. 2, 2020. Lopez and Shakira’s show-stopping Super Bowl halftime performance is nominated for four Emmy Awards. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Pharrell, Beastie Boys, RZA, halftime show score Emmy nods

Jul. 28, 2020 10:37 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Grammy-winners including Pharrell Williams, the Beastie Boys and Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor have a chance of winning their first-ever honors at the Emmy Awards, where Jennifer Lopez and Shakira’s show-stopping halftime show performance also earned multiple nominations....

In this combination photo of celebrities with birthdays from Aug. 2-8, Kevin Smith poses for a portrait to promote his film

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 2-8

Jul. 27, 2020 8:09 AM EDT

Celebrity birthdays for the week of Aug. 2-8. Aug. 2: Actor Nehemiah Persoff (“Some Like It Hot”) is 101. Keyboardist Garth Hudson of The Band is 83. Singer Kathy Lennon of The Lennon Sisters is 77. Actor Joanna Cassidy is 75. Actor Kathryn Harrold is 70. Actor Butch Patrick (“The...

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Music Review: Taylor Swift's new album is strikingly heroic

Jul. 24, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

Taylor Swift, “folklore" (Republic Records) In the years since Taylor Swift released her killer pop album “1989” in 2014, the singer has amped the production of her music, adding sounds including electronica, synth pop, R&B, dubstep, dance and even trap to her songs. Not everyone was...

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Taylor Swift will release surprise album 'Folklore' Friday

Jul. 23, 2020 10:04 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — While in isolation, Taylor Swift has created a new album and is releasing it Friday. The pop star made the surprise announcement Thursday on Instagram. “Folklore," her eighth record, comes less than a year after she dropped “Lover." “Most of the things I had planned...